Taxation


  Connecticut CPA magazine feature
The IRS Disqualified Employment Tax Levy:
Just When the Client Thought It Was Safe to Owe Money Again …

By Lauren M. McNair, Esq. and Eric L. Green, Esq., Green & Sklarz LLC

Your client calls frantic one morning just as you are sitting down to your desk. “Joe, what’s up?” you ask genially as you reach for your coffee.

“The IRS just cleaned out my bank account!” yells Joe.

“What do you mean? We worked out a payment plan a year ago at our Collection Due Process hearing with the settlement officer. I thought you paid that off.”

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IRS Reopening Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) System

On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s authority to require the use of a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), but enjoined the IRS from charging a user fee for the issuance and renewal of PTINs. As a result of this order, PTIN registration and renewal was suspended on June 2.

The IRS, working with the Department of Justice, is still considering how to proceed, but will make PTINs available while deciding how to address the court order.

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  Meeting Minutes from the IRS/CT DRS Connecticut Practitioner Liaison Meeting - June 2017

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to beware of phishing emails purporting to be from a tax software education provider and seeking extensive amounts of sensitive preparer data.

The email’s origin is unknown but likely issued by cybercriminals who could be operating from the U.S. or abroad. The email is unusual for the amount of sensitive preparer data that it seeks. This preparer information will enable the thieves to steal client data and file fraudulent tax returns.

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Security Summit Warns of New Phishing Email Targeting Tax Pros

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to beware of phishing emails purporting to be from a tax software education provider and seeking extensive amounts of sensitive preparer data.

The email’s origin is unknown but likely issued by cybercriminals who could be operating from the U.S. or abroad. The email is unusual for the amount of sensitive preparer data that it seeks. This preparer information will enable the thieves to steal client data and file fraudulent tax returns.

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